OUR MISSION The Parks and Conservation Foundation promotes a viable park, conservation and recreation system in our community by pursuing contributions in the form of land, money, or other donations for the Belvidere Park District, Boone County Conservation District and other open space, conservation and recreation entities.
Learn about Bob’s Park – one of the foundation’s lasting additions to Boone County. Click here.
Date: Saturday, April 22 from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Location: Poplar Grove Village Hall, 200 Hill St. Poplar Grove, IL Registration: Please register here or by calling 815-547-7935, or emailing pstock@ bccdil.org
The Boone County Conservation District is hosting it’s 2017 Long Prairie Trail Clean-up. The cleanup is sponsored by Comcast through their Comcast Cares program. Participants who register will receive a free t-shirt and lunch.
The Long Prairie Trail bike and walking trail stretches 14.2 miles along the Kenosha Division Line railroad bed. The eastern border of the trail begins near Capron on County Line Road and ends at the Winnebago county line where it meets the Stone Bridge Trail. The trail passes through woodlands, native prairie, cultivated fields and the towns of Capron, Polar Grove and Caledonia. Volunteers are needed to help clean up the trail of litter for the season.
The cleanup starts at 8:00 a.m. in Poplar Grove at the Village Hall for volunteer sign-in, doughnuts and coffee and a short program. Volunteers will then drive to different areas of the trail or begin from the sign-in point and then walk along the trail picking up and bagging litter. Participants will also receive a box lunch.
Scouts students, area business employees, church groups, service organizations and the public are invited to help.
The Parks & Conservation Foundation is currently raising funds to support the following projects:
Stewardship Challenge Grant
The Parks & Conservation Foundation was awarded a stewardship challenge grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation for stewardship work in the Kishwaukee River conservation corridor. This project will restore and enhance three distinct habitat types at the Kishwaukee Valley Conservation Area. Wetlands, upland prairie and oak savanna habitat types will be created or enhanced by the efforts of volunteers and contracted services. The effort will focus volunteers to remove old wire fencing; remove invasive non-native and aggressive native species; and re-establish native plant communities in cropped areas and areas where invasive species are being removed. The foundation has engaged the local community including local groups and civic organizations, to become involved with this project by providing matching funds and/or becoming involved as volunteers to assist with the implementation of the stewardship work.
Bob’s Park Conversation and Meditation Grove
The foundation has approved a master plan to create a conversation area and a memorial to Bob Howells. The memorial is designed to occupy an area approximately 21’ X 24’. It would consist of flat modular pavers, large granite rock, eight seats, large flat stones to serve as walk ways into and out of the conversation area surrounded in plantings of low junipers, cotoneasters, bayberries and a series of perennials and grasses and clump trees, with a plaque on a rock talking about Bob. The anticipated cost of the project is $16,000.00 – $18,000.00.
The Parks & Conservation Foundation assists the Boone County Conservation District and the Belvidere Park District with land acquisitions; facilitating ways to leverage donations of important land areas and holding property for either entity until the intended public agency is ready to develop and manage these often critically important properties. Currently, the Parks & Conservation Foundation is working to collaborate with both of these public agencies to facilitate an acquisition of strategic significance. Providing opportunity for improved public access to existing open space, expanding park services and enhancing property values in the community.